Wednesday, February 27, 2008

A*Muse Goodies

For winning the A Muse Addicts Make 'em Smile Challenge I received a package from A Muse containing these awesome goodies!

A big Thank You to Linda and the ladies of A Muse!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

AMAC Home Page Contest

The theme for the A Muse Addicts March Home Page contest is Friendship.

I used the new Elzybells Daffodil chick and Spring blooms stamps and the sentiment is from A Muse. The images and sentiment were stamped with StazOn. The chicks are outlined using FunFlock. I love that stuff! The coloring is done using the Sakura Gel Glaze pens. The bling is from CTMH.

A Rite of Passage

My kids are getting older. It seems like it was yesterday that they were learning how to walk. Soon they will be learning how to drive. Last week they both had their wisdom teeth removed. While not the most fun thing to do during school vacation it was not as bad as I (and they) had anticipated.

After their surgery I got to see them in the recovery room both of them being quite out of it and making funny faces trying to wake themselves up. The nurse explained how they will be sleeping for most of the day and they should not shovel any snow (we were getting ANOTHER snowstorm). No problem on either count. So with the help of the two nurses who jokingly said to my sons "If you go down, we go down!". No kidding! The nurses were half my sons height. But they were steady on their feet and made it to my car without incident. Off to get the meds now. They were a little sleepy in the car. The trip to the pharmacy went off without a hitch and now it we were homeward bound. Unbeknownst to me my DH, who was home because of the snowstorm, was shocked to see them walking in the house without assistance. We both had our wisdom teeth out when we were teenagers and remember (or think we remember) that we were out of it for the whole day. So we were surprised when both of them did not sleep a wink ALL DAY! What happened to them sleeping the anesthesia off??? It goes to show you the power of unlimited computer play time!

My kids did great with following the instructions from the oral surgeon on icing their faces. I promised I would not post the pictures I took of them. The pictures of their their ingenuity of creating a method of icing their faces and being able to play on the computer with both hands are priceless. Suffice to say with an ace bandage and two small ice packs you can play all you want and have your hands free too! So far we are on day 5 and there is really no swelling to speak of and they are doing well. The oral surgeon will see them on Friday for a check up and then the wisdom teeth chapter of their lives will be over. Just a small bump in the road of their lives.

Monday, February 25, 2008

My Name

Names are big with me. I always try to refer to people by the name they introduce themselves with. I prefer to be called by my full name, Pamela. It was not something that really mattered to me until I became an adult so my family and older friends (not that they are old!) still call me Pam. I laugh when my DH tries to remember to call me Pamela. And do not EVEN think of calling me Pammy!!! There were only two people (my mother and grandmother) who could get away with that.

Now - how many people in the U.S. have the same name as you do?
LogoThere are
people with my name
in the U.S.A.
How many have your name?

Friday, February 22, 2008

VMAA - The Aftermath

The aftermath!!!

The VMAA was a lot of fun! But boy, oh boy what a mess my craft room is now! As seen in a previous post it used to be clean. Now take a look at it post-VMAA:

Thanks for a great evening. The Fab Four (Geeta, Jennie, Rhonda and Michelle) put together a really fun event. I have never made cards that quickly before!

VMAA Bonus round!

The final challenge of the VMAA (VMAAFEB08E) is to create a card that is a combination of all four challenges - A don't color me baby you da man good things come in three sketch-a-licous card!!

The basis for my idea is a CASE from Rhonda for her Welcome cards that we all received when we joined AMAC. Here it is:

Good Things Come in Threes!

VMAA Challenge 4 (VMAAFEB08D) is called *Good Things Come in Threes*. For this challenge you have to have 3 of something on your card, 3 of the same image, 3 of an embellishment, 3 different colors, anything! Just make sure there are 3 of them!!

Here is my card:


Virtual Meeting of A Muse Addicts Challenge #3 (VMAAFEB08C).

The challenge is to make a card using the following sketch

Here is my card:

You Da MAN!

Virtual Meeting of A Muse Addicts Challenge #2

The second challenge (VMAAFEB08B) is to create an ADULT MASCULINE CARD using A Muse, Elzybells, and/or Saltbox. This is not a "boy" card, it is intended for a grown up!

Virtual Meeting of A Muse Addicts Challenge #1

The first challenge (VMAAFEB08A) is to create a card using inks only - no coloring allowed.

Here is mine:

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Oodles of Doodles!

This week's A Muse Addicts Challenge #29 is to make a card using A Muse stamps, and then add some sort of doodling somewhere on the card. It could be a handwritten sentiment, dots in a scallop, a border, anything you want, but there has to be something on the card that is hand written or drawn.
I was in a funky mood when I created this card. I often get inundated with email, IM and phone calls when I am working from home. Now, we need an image that shows an Elzybell with IM.
My handwriting did not come out the best but its there.


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Tag, I'm it!

I have been tagged by Geeta to participate in this little quiz.

Stamping Style - Simple but trying new techniques. Technique Junkies has some awesome techniques that I want to try.
Inspiration - For my card making it would be hard to name them all. I would say all my A Muse Addict friends! I am awed by the creativity that I see from these women!!! I also spend time looking at the great cards and techniques on SCS.
Color - I love all jewel tone colors! My favorite color is purple, like my birthstone, amethyst.
Work space - I just posted yesterday about my work space. Check it out here!
Perfect day - My idea of the perfect day would have to be being on a beach somewhere. I love the ocean, it calms me like nothing else can. Being there with my family is my idea of perfection.
First job – Working in the Computer Operations department for Thom McAn Shoes which no longer exists. It was a fun place to work.
Wildest dream – My wildest dream would be being able to retire with my DH to a beach house on the ocean, preferably on St. John (or Bermuda).
Ink - No favorite yet. I am currently using Stampin' Up, Colorbox, Brilliance and StazOn.
Family – me, DH, 2 soon-to-be-driving teenage boys, 2 cats (Cinnamon and Belle) and a boxer named Bijou who basically runs our house.
Beverage - Fruit Smoothies that my DH makes, Starbucks Caramel Machiato, French Martinis, and anything tropical from the bar at the Westin St. John!
Biggest challenge - Making this year the year of me.

Let's see.... Who am I going to tag next?


Monday, February 18, 2008

My Craft Room

I have wanted my own craft space for a long time. But with only three bedrooms in our house there was not a spare room to take over. My sons share a room so the remaining room had been turned into their playroom/gues room with the understanding that my kids may want to split up and have their own rooms. Well that has not happened (Yippee)!

Slowly I encroached upon their space. It started with a small section in the corner and then I expanded. My husband added the shelves on the wall for me a few months ago. I then added another table and it took off from there.

Now for the most part the room is mine. The closet still contains their toys (you should see the Lego collection!!!) and my sons are free to use the room with the understanding that they need to clean up their mess once they are done. I get comments every now and then from Michael how I took over 'his space' (notice not Jeffrey's space too). I told him that he is free to visit anytime!

Here is my sanctuary:

This is the front table where I do most of my stamping. My pens, scissors and inks are on this table. The desk with the TV also has my Cuttlebug and Sizzix stuff on it. Notice the Budweiser light on the wall, a leftover from my husband's college days.

This is my side table where I have my stamps, Cricut, paper trimmer, ribbons, cards I have made and various embellishments in storage containers. As my husband says I have a storage container issue.

This the futon for napping (or when guests come to stay). It is nice to curl up when I am tired. My husband likes it too for when he comes to visit me and falls asleep!

This is my paper tower. This contains mostly the paper that I use for scrapbooking which I do not do enough of. Stamping has taken over. I now mostly scrap when I go to retreats.

This is my punch storage. It is actually for shoes but works awesome for punches. As you can see I have many of the Marvy punches!

This picture shows my stamp storage containers that are under the side table. They are on rollers which is nice so that I can pull them close. I have them labeled by type and A Muse stamps have their own storage container. So far it takes up three drawers which leaves four to expand into! I look out the window when I am working. It is a nice view of the field next to our house.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

My Personal Goal - The Year of Me!

As women we all spend time putting others first, worrying about them, taking care of their needs, scheduling their lives with little time left over for ourselves. What is your most important personal goal for the year? What are you doing that is just for yourself? How are you trying to improve yourself?

Those questions I ask myself a lot. For far too many years I have not made myself #1 in my life. Family, friends, even strangers would come first. Someone needs something done, sure I was there to do it. I could not say no. Being the first child you learn to be the planner, the negotiator, the one who would make sure everyone has what they need. And in doing that there is not much left over for myself.

For far too many years I have neglected myself and what was going on with me. So this year I decided it was 'The Year of Me'. I decided to devote time to myself to make sure I get fit. That means getting myself to the gym.

Being out of shape makes going to a gym daunting and I think that is why many don't do it. I finally made it my goal. I started out slow walking for just 30 minutes. I then added strength training which I alternate with my treadmill work. My treadmill schedule now varies from 45 minutes to an hour, depending on what the day is. This week I added the eliptical machine to my routine. If anyone had asked me last year would I be walking on a treadmill for a hour I would have laughed. Me? No way! But I am and for that I am very proud of myself. This is something that is just for me!

My plan for this training is to eventually be running, something that I had never really liked to do even when I could do it. I plan to run in a race. Who knows what next year will bring!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

The Mom Interview

I asked my sons the following questions and was surprised (and a little dismayed) at their responses. My sons will be 16 years old (OMG where did the time go) in a few months. It is surprising sometimes to find out what they think and how well they know (or do not know) me.

Here are the questions and responses:

(1) What is something that mom always says to you?
M: ?
J: Clean (fill in the blank)

(2) What makes mom happy?
M: A clean house, good grades
J: Cleanliness
me - hmm... one would think that my house is spotless.

(3) What makes mom sad?
M: Low grades
J: Smart talk, dirty house, not listening

(4) How does mom make you laugh?
M: Attempting to sing songs
J: Funny jokes, "Put your dukes up"
me - J. and I have this little pretend boxing match thing where he thinks he can beat me.

(5) What was mom like as a child?
M: A devil
J: Supposedly an angel
me - While I was not completing angelic I was no where near being a devil. My older brothers took that honor.

(6) How old is your mom?
M: 42
J: 43
me - I suppose they could have said I was older. I was 43 at the time they were asked.

(7) How tall is your mom?
M: 5ft ?
J: 5' 3"

(8) What is her favorite thing to do?
M: Scrapbooking
J: Scrapbook or make cards
me - While I love to scrapbook I do not do it enough. Card making has taken over because it is something that I can do quickly.

(9) What does your mom do when you're not around?
M: ?
J: Scrapbook, make cards, watch movies
me - I have not watched a movie in a long time. Just ask Netflix how long I have had my 3 DVD's out.

(10) If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
M: Scrapbooking
J: Card making
me - while this is nice of them to say I seriously doubt it.

(11) What is your mom really good at?
M: Scrapbooking
J: Card making

(12) What is your mom not very good at?
M: Math
J: Math
me - they are both so right! I stink at math.

(13) What does your mom do for her job?
M: Evaluate bugs
J: Fix bugs, test programs, create programs
me - both are partially right. I am a QA engineer for a software company. I test software.

(14) What is your mom's favorite food?
M: ?
J: Baklava
me - while I love Baklava it is not my favorite food.

(15) What makes you proud of your mom?
M: Creativity
J: She never gives up

(16) If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?
M: Minnie Mouse
J: The caring mother
me - who is 'the caring mother'?

(17) What do you and your mom do together?
M: ?
J: Talk, help scrapbook

(18) How are you and your mom the same?
M: Creative
J: Stubborn, Care about a lot of stuff

(19) How are you and your mom different?
M: Different hobbies
J: I am very competitive

(20) How do you know your mom loves you?
M: I'm still in the house
J: She shows it, she really cares about what we do
me - I had to laugh at M's answer. You can tell he was not happy about doing this survey. I had them do it at a time when they wanted to play on the computer.

Ask your children these questions to see how they answer. Repeat it yearly to see how they change their perception and relationship with their mother. It will be very telling as my first attempt has been.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Happy Birthday to me!

Today is my birthday and I cannot believe how time flies. How did I get to be 44 so quickly?????

The weather was absolutely horrible here. My kids school was canceled again. What started off as light fluffy snow and turned into a torrential downpour. The roads coming home from Cambridge made it seem like I was walking on water instead of driving on asphalt. Anyway, the weather matched my mood for most of the day. Everyone should be happy on your birthday but such was not the case with me. Too many issues and not enough resolutions, I guess.

Anyway, things got better once I got home and de-stressed. My husband came home bearing a beautiful bouquet of flowers in my favorite colors (purple and pink) with my fav flowers (Gerbera Daisies). The daisies are a awesome shade of pink and the roses are this pinkish-red color that is just beautiful. They smell just like Spring which I am so in need of. It has been a LONG winter here in the Northeast. Anyway, my husband and sons took me out for a nice dinner. My birthday cake was just yummy, made for me by Robin Demastrie. I should have taken a picture of it first (without me in the picture and candles on top)! It was a chocolate with a layer of raspberry and covered in this delicious buttercream icing. It is sooooo good. Even my picky kids, who were complaining about the raspberry layer, liked it! My guys gave me a box of Godiva chocolate truffles (Godiva is my absolute fav chocolate) and an awesome gift certificate for the salon I go to, which is to be used for something I do not have done on a normal basis. So that leaves me with either a massage, facial or waxings. I think a massage or facial is an option.

The night ended as it should with all of us together celebrating and even the weather cooperated with the rain stopping. I opened all my birthday cards from my family and friends. I also got some really beautiful greetings from some A Muse Addicts sisters. The creativity this group has it just amazing. Below are pictures of my AMAC birthday cards.

Happy Birthday to me!

Creative credit goes to: Tinla Woo, Doris Garvey, Jo Ann Fannon, Rhonda Maynard, Connie Heitner, Janice Spry, and Kimberly Linley.

These cards I received from Donna Gotsch and Jennie Moczan:

And a 'cool' card from Amanda Beers:

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Birthday Wishes

The latest A Muse Addicts Weekly challenge #28 is to to create birthday cards. I used some of the new Elzybells stamps along with A Muse stamps to create my cards. I love making birthday cards and March is a very busy month for sending cards! All of my sisters-in-law (I have 4 of them) birthdays are in March. What are the odds of that happening?

Thursday, February 7, 2008

No Ordinary Love

This week's A Muse Addicts challenge was to use A Muse stamps and create Valentine's Day cards, either using non-Valentine's Day colors or non-Valentine's Day stamps!

I used one of the new Elzybells stamps, Girl in car and A Muse sentiment stamps. I got to use my new Spica pens! They are super glittery!!! Here is my card:

Monday, February 4, 2008

Where do I go on a Mental Holiday?

For this week's ScrapShare blog challenge we were asked "Where do you go when you know you have to go somewhere but don’t have the time, energy or inclination to actually leave the house? ".

If my need for a mental holiday hits during the daylight hours I venture into my sunroom and watch the birds. We have a great selection of birds that we feed year round. I often wonder what it would be like to fly and imagine soaring through a forest. Oh, the thrill of it! I love watching the Cardinals feed their babies or hear my favorite Chickadees singing their happy song "Chickadee, dee, dee dee". It simplies life for me and makes the stress of it all melt away.

At night when I need a break I get into my whirlpool tub and soak for a long time. Basin makes bath bombs which fizz when you put them in water (kind of like a fabulously scented alka-seltzer). I zone out there letting my mind wander, often falling asleep. To get away from it all I think about my favorite vacation spot, St. John USVI where I love to snorkel and swim in water that is not freezing cold like we have here in New England. The island is so beautiful that is takes my breath away. Thinking about it just relaxes me. I also often read in the tub which is a great treat for an escape of a different kind. I love to immerse myself into the book I am reading and find that the hours fly by.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Favorite Book/CD

Imagine that you could only keep one book and CD with your for the rest of your life. What would you choose?

This was a hard question for me to answer. I love books and have a wide variety of literature that I read. Many times I read to be purely entertained (Stephanie Plum). I have read some disturbing books (Kite Runner), many fantasy books (Harry Potter) and lastly children's books (Green Eggs and Ham). To choose one from all that I have read is really hard.

My taste in music is as varied as my taste in books. In iTunes right now there are over 2200 songs in my playlist. Most are from the CDs that we have accumulated over the years but then a good number where purchases from iTunes. It is amazing how quickly you can amass a large collection. I have classical, holiday, rock, pop, alternative, hip-hop and a few rap thrown in for good measure.

So now for my choices:

My book choice is The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. My CD choice is Bing Crosby Christmas.

The reason for selecting this book is that 1) Christmas is my favorite holiday and 2) we have a family tradition of reading a story on Christmas Eve. This book will stand the test of time and is something I will read to my grandchildren if I should be so blessed in the future when my children start their families (which I hope will be at least 10 years from now).

The reason for the Bing Crosby CD follows the reasoning in my book choice. I love Christmas music and could listen to it all year round if it weren't for the complaints I get my from family. I also think Bing Crosby typifies the holidays for me.

So while not the most cerebral choices they are near and dear to my heart.